Rent Overcharge Wasn't Hyper Technical and Resulted in Triple Damages
LVT Number: #30304
Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $9,309, including triple damages and interest. Landlord appealed and lost. Although the legal rent for the apartment was set by HPD at $1,275 in 2009, the overcharge was based on the fact that landlord didn't preserve any legal or preferential rent in tenant's base date lease. That lease listed only one set of rents (for a one-year or two-year lease term).
Sterling Place Condo LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GU210033RO (6/5/19) [4-pg. doc.]